How and Why To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

October 28, 2010 | By | Comments (1)

101028-brush I have extremely sensitive skin, and am prone to break outs. One of the things I've found to help keep my skin under control — in addition to using makeup and facial cleaning products with ingredients that don't agitate my skin — is to regularly clean my makeup brushes.

You may not realize it, but makeup brushes can be breeding grounds for bacteria. Additionally, old makeup can get caught in the brush, changing the colors you're intending to apply to your face, and the brushes can harbor dead skin cells.

I don't wear makeup every day, so I only clean my brushes every other week. If you wear makeup daily, your skin can benefit from washing your makeup brushes at least once a week.

If you're not a regular makeup brush cleaner, follow these tips to get you through the washing process:

  1. Gather up all of your makeup brushes and set them handle-side down in a plastic cup or vase.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Fill a clean sink with very warm water and a dime-size amount of your favorite sudsing facial cleanser. Some people use shampoo to wash their brushes or a specialized makeup brush cleanser, which are fine if your skin won't have issues with the fragrances and chemicals in these cleaners. Since my skin is so sensitive, I use the cleaner I know won't cause me to break out.
  4. Dump your brushes into the sudsy water and swish them around so all bristles are wet.
  5. One-by-one, take a brush and apply a small dollop of cleaner directly to the bristles. GENTLY work the cleaner through the bristles. Rinse the makeup brush in warm water until the water runs clear through the bristles. You may have to repeat the gentle cleaning process a couple times to work all makeup out of the bristles.
  6. Lightly tap the makeup brush on the side of the sink to tap out excess water.
  7. Return the brush to the plastic cup or vase, handle-side down, to dry.
  8. After all brushes are clean, drain the water from the sink, rinse out the sink, and wash your hands.
  9. After the brushes are dry, again with clean hands, you may want to lightly fluff the bristles by rubbing the brush against the back of your hand or gently between your fingers.

Your makeup brushes are now ready to use the next time you choose to put on makeup.